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Putaruru Golf Club Report for Insertion in the South Waikato News Wednesday 14 September 2005. 

Men's Report
You know, we have a good green keeper and we are very privileged to have our course in the condition its in for the club champs.  Were going to have the greens mowed on each competition day (men's and ladies), and the pin placements will progressively become more testing heading towards the finals.  Great stuff. 

On Saturday we played Russian Stableford, no Cossacks turned up, but we did have Vodka available!

For the uninitiated, teams of two multiply their stableford scores to get their team score.  The winning team was Vic ORourke and Stew Kensington with 88 points, 2nd Wayne Mudford and Max Russell and 3rd Ross Jellard and Adam Sadler both with 86.  King Shanly and Maurice Tricker, Mark Lawrence and Peter Young both had 83s, Henry Van Dyk and Stephen Thorby 78 and Dieter Dresher and David Hoyte 77.  Now the wooden spoon score of the day went to Colin Emslie and Tony Edgar who posted a team score of 35 (Tony by himself had 39!)  And spare a thought for Gary Urbahn who had 40 points and finished outside the money!  Only the Russians could invent such a system, but the roulette nature of this scoring makes for a lot of fun. 

The club champs are upon us, the draws will be posted on the website and at the club as soon as completed.  The intermediates have a full draw along with the juniors, but there will be byes for the seniors and the junior Bs this week. 

Ladies & Vets Report
An ACE. The highlight of the week must surely be the hole in one that the Ladies Club Captain shot at Walton.  It happened during a combined stableford foursomes tournament played last Monday week.  A well struck 5 wood played by Cheryl Jones on the par 3 12th hole was enough for 5 stableford points a big boost for the team who were not combining terribly well!!  Congratulations from the whole club, Cheryl. 

A good field of 35 played Tuesday the first qualifying round of the 2005 Championships.  The course was in top condition, with more run than usual for this time of the year.  In the silver division, Irene McIvor was top scorer with 83 (67 nett), Denise Hunt 84 (70 nett), Margaret Ranger 91 (74).  Bronze A - Florence Jellard 89 (68 nett), Norine McPherson 96 (68), Cheryl Jones and Joy Aitchison 77 nett.  Bronze B Joan Spargo 102 (66 nett), Betty Swanson 106 (71). 

The scoring in the 9 hole golfers first qualifying round was very close, with Dulcie McLean returning the best gross of 57, Mairi Edmonds and Gillian Robbins 59. 

On Thursday, Des Macartney sent out 44 players (the biggest field ever).  There were many visitors who enjoyed a great day, good course presentation and fine weather, and this certainly reflected in the scoring.  The best in the Mens scramble was Keith Hunt with 45 points, Maurice Tricker 42 and Don Riley and Peter Donaldson 41.  In the Ladies, Cheryl Jones was running hot with 46 and Denise Hunt and Alison Riley both with 37. 

Coming up
Tomorrow we have the Putaruru Super Liquor Midweek.  The Pritchard Cup (mixed Ambrose) has been postponed until Sunday the 2nd of October.  The club champs start this Saturday with a scramble on the side.  The Smythe Trophy interclub with Taupo, Tokoroa, Tirau and Mangakino is scheduled for Sunday the 25th at Tirau, mustering at 10AM for a 10.30 shotgun start (PLEASE put your names up on the team sheet so that we can plan numbers) Good golfing and good luck from Captain Ding!

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